NYS OASAS Announces Launch of New Website to Promote Overdose Prevention Education

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Fri Sep 9, 2022 10:00 PM

The “Project COPE” website offers information and resources to educate about overdose prevention and risk reduction

√ Launch coincides with observance of National Recovery Month

The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports announced the launch of the new “Project COPE” website, which promotes overdose prevention and harm reduction education in New York City. The goal of this initiative is to empower people to learn how to prevent overdoses and save lives in their community. The website can be accessed by visiting https://oasas.ny.gov/projectcope.

“Every community in New York State has been impacted by the opioid and overdose epidemic,” said OAAS Commissioner Chinazo Cunningham. “This new website brings together important resources and educational materials in one place, and gives New Yorkers the opportunity to learn the knowledge and skills they need to take action and save lives.”

“Project COPE” is launched as New York, along with the rest of the nation, continues to see an increased rate of overdoses. “COPE” stands for Community Overdose Prevention Education, and the new website offers resources, including instructions on how to use naloxone to reverse an overdose, where to get low-cost or no-cost naloxone, and how to access treatment and other resources for addiction. There are also interactive training and education tools for families, providers, and the general population. All information on the website is available in English and Spanish.

Part of the funding for this project was provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The launch of this website is part of a series of efforts by OASAS to make information about prevention, treatment, harm reduction and recovery services more accessible. It also coincides with the year National Recovery Month observance, which promotes recovery services across the country and recognizes the millions of people who live their lives in recovery every day.

During Recovery Month, OASAS also continues to highlight the stories of people in recovery across the “30 out of 30project. This ongoing initiative elevates the voices of New Yorkers in recovery by sharing 30 stories every 30 days, empowers them to share their experiences to motivate others, and provide hope and information to those who may be Participants have the opportunity to talk about their own journeys and emphasize how recovery is an individual and non-linear process.

Recovery month events also occur across the state in September. To find an event organized by an OASAS-certified service provider, go to events section from the OAAS website.

In addition, OASAS also offers various online resources related to recovery. The recovery section of the OAAS website contains information on support services, recovery worker certification, and housing services.

New Yorkers struggling with addiction, or whose loved ones are struggling, can find help and hope by calling the state’s toll-free 24/7 HOPEline. at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or by texting HOPENY (short code 467369). Available addiction treatments, including crisis/rehab care, inpatient, residential, or outpatient care, can be found using the NYS OASAS Treatment Availability Dashboard at FindAddictionTreatment.ny.gov or by the NYS OASA website. If you or a loved one has experienced insurance hurdles related to treatment, or need help appealing a denied claim, contact the CHAMP Helpline by phone at 888-614-5400 or by e-mail to [email protected].

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